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Please note: Individuals are listed in Class Notes according to the year of their most recent School of Management degree.


Atanas T. Kobryn '59 was re-elected chair of the City of North Port Citizens Tax Oversight committee and vice chair of the governing board for the Community Health Center of North Point Inc.


Joseph Wolfe '62 has revised "The Global Business Game," an interactive teaching tool he developed about strategic management and international business.

Alan J. Laurita '68 was named partner in the real estate and finance practice at Hodgson Russ.

Gerald E. Feldman '69 was appointed to the advisory council on privatization and innovation by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

Gerard T. Mazurkiewicz '69, partner with Dopkins & Co., was named treasurer of the board of directors for Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation.


Jerry M. Solomon '70 was appointed counsel to Hiscock & Barclay LLP.

Richard Donnelly, MBA '72, is chair of the board of Oshkosh Corp., a global specialty trucking firm, and also is a trustee for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Dorothea (Rogers) Potter '72 has written, illustrated and published two children's books that are available on

Daniel Maloney '74 is an investment banker and managing director of Aria Capital Advisors in Florida. He is a CPA, CFP and CM&AA.

Robert Heilman, MBA '75, recently established a new business, Asia Sourcing, in Buffalo, where he serves as a consultant.

Arthur Palsbo '76 retired from Obslap Research LLC in 2011, a company he co-founded that specializes in rehabilitation research and development of robotics for the rehabilitation field.

Anthony V. Ambrose '77 was promoted to vice president and senior broker at Russell Bond and Co.

Larry Zielinski, MBA '77, has joined the firm of Murak & Associates as a senior consultant, specializing in health care, business growth strategies and nonprofit organizations. He also is an adjunct professor in the School of Management, teaching "The Business of Health Care."

Carolyn D. Valenti '78 was featured as part of the National Association of Women Business Owners' "Women in Leadership" series. She is a co-founding partner of Lougen Valenti Bookbinder & Weintraub LLP.


Daniel C. Oliverio, MBA '80, was named chair of Hodgson Russ LLP.

Franca Trincia '81 was named president of the Buffalo chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is controller for Gar Associates.

Gary R. Whitcher '81 was promoted to COO at Latham International.

Fred A. Bristol III, MBA '83, was appointed marketing director at BWI Health Promotions.

Margaret Hempling McGlynn, MBA '83, was appointed president and chief executive officer of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

Judith A. Rucki '83 has published her first book "Fragments of a Life-A Collection of Poems."

Tim Lafferty '86 was elected president of the University at Buffalo Alumni Association. He is national sales manager for The PCA Group.

Douglas C. Bean, MBA '87, chief operating officer of Eric Mower and Associates, was appointed to the Buffalo Niagara Partnership's board of directors.

Mary L. Hoffman, MBA '87, was promoted to chief operating officer for Lawley Benefits Group.

Marcia L. Koch '89 was appointed vice president/general manager at Perfect Form Manufacturing in Mt. Morris, N.Y.

Michael G. Levine '89 has been appointed CFO of New York-based Payoneer Inc., a global payments company.

Douglas P. Sosnowski '89 was named partner at Lumsden & McCormick LLP and Brisbane Consulting Group LLC.


Troy R. Martin, MBA '90, was named director of financial aid at St. Bonaventure University.

Daniel Laufer '91 has accepted a senior-level academic position with tenure at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He is an expert in crisis management and teaches executive seminars on the topic at leading business schools around the world.

Margaret F. Strauss '93 was appointed senior accountant at Dopkins & Co.

Thomas M. Burns '94 was named vice president of the Buffalo chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is principal at Lumsden & McCormick LLP.

Michael D. Olfano '92, MBA '94, was named CFO/operations manager at The PCA Group.

Michael Horgan '95 was promoted to partner at Olympus Partners, a $3.2 billion private equity firm based in Stamford, Conn.

Patricia E. King, MBA '95, was promoted to associate marketing manager at The Mentholatum Co.

John J. Koeppel '95 was recognized as a top lawyer by Chambers and Partners. He is a partner with Nixon Peabody and leads the firm's private equity and investment funds practice.

Jill Shapero-Mundy '77, MBA '95, was named 2011 Realtor of the Year by the Green Valley/Sahuarita Association of Realtors.

Gerald E. Murak, CEL '91, EMBA '96, is president and co-founder of Precision Scientific Instruments Inc.

Mark Donnelly, MBA '97, is an IBM-certified IT architect in IBM's federal consulting division.

Cristina A. Bahr '98 joined Harris Beach PLLC as an associate in the labor and employment practice law group.

Harmony Casey '98 is director, project management, for Eagle Productivity Solutions.

William E. Finn, EMBA '98, was appointed chair of the board of directors of the National Hospice Work Group. He is CEO of Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland.


Mary Ellen Frandina '00 was named executive vice president of organizational development and employee experience at Evans Bancorp.

Steven R. Smyth '00 was promoted to senior assurance manager at Lougen Valenti Bookbinder & Weintraub.

Matthew S. Witzky, MBA '00, was appointed CEO at Cone Holding LLC in Cleveland.

Gwen Appelbaum, MBA '01, was appointed to the board of Leadership Buffalo. She is assistant dean and director of the School of Management's Frank L. Ciminelli Family Career Resource Center.

Jeffrey Arber '97, MBA '01, is a founding partner and vice president at APR Financial Partners.

Michael G. Marsch, EMBA '01, was appointed general manager at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside.

David J. Steinwald '94, MBA '01, was named director of human resources at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Ronald Veiders, MBA '01, was promoted to associate integrated media manager at The Mentholatum Co.

Brenda Perez, MD/MBA '02, joined Williamsville Primary Care Center.

Jennifer Seth-Cimini, MBA '02, is director of development for health sciences at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

William Hunsberger, MBA '03, is owner of WLH Consulting & Development, a construction management services firm in New York City.

Christopher S. Kicinski '03 was named vice president of sales and marketing for Sandhill Investment Management.

Kemper E. Lewis, PMBA '03, was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Margaret King, MBA '04, is vice president and senior product manager at HSBC Bank's London headquarters.

Jamie J. Batt, JD/MBA '05, was named an associate and member of the corporate practice group at Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola LLC.

Lauren D. Clifford '05 was promoted to accounting supervisor at Mobile Messenger.

Adam M. Desmond '05 was named relationship manager with First Niagara Financial Group.

Tahira Komal, MBA '05, was named business development analyst with the GE Technology Ventures Group at General Electric.

Fraser M. McIntyre '06 was appointed small commercial business underwriter at the Stahlka Agency.

Andrew G. Peer '06 was promoted to manager, audit and business advisory services, at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Eugene Clay '07 is director of sales for Tele Data Com Inc. in Rochester.

Lindsay M. Cronkwright '07 was promoted to audit manager at Dermondy, Burke & Brown CPAs in Syracuse.

Robert Czosnyka, MBA '07, PMCRT '07, was appointed associate at the chief investment office of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in New York City.

Michelle Harrington '07 was named tax senior in the tax management consulting practice at Deloitte in Atlanta.

Carolyn Newhouse, CEL '07, was appointed deputy secretary of innovation and investment at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Andrew J. Aul '08 was promoted to senior accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kerchner.

Justin T. Bonk '08 was promoted to senior accountant at Freed Maxick & Battaglia PC.

Michael Graber '06, MBA '08, won the 56 kilogram weight class at the U.S. National Championships in the sport of Olympic weightlifting.

Jeffrey R. Kruszka '08 received the CPA designation.

Christopher V. Murphy '08 was named senior accountant at Try-It Distributing Co.

Michael R. Borynski '09 received the CPA designation.


Salvatore Iannello '10 was promoted to chief technology officer at PremCom Corp.

Jill A. Pitzonka, MBA '10, was appointed project manager at Segmedica.

Steven D. Subinski, EMBA '10, is managing partner and co-owner of Precision Scientific Instruments Inc.

Craig E. Chaffee '09, MBA '11, was appointed contract/account manager at EnergyMark LLC.

Kristen M. Lopez, MBA '11, was appointed patient recruitment coordinator at Crowley Webb.

Hariom Manchiraju, MBA '07, PhD '11, is an assistant professor at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.

Christian R. Nole '11 was appointed marketing coordinator at Katz Americas.

Matthew R. Prok '11 was appointed account coordinator at Crowley Webb.

Adin Bradley, EMBA '12, was promoted to vice president of east zone operations at Rural/Metro Medical Services.


A number of School of Management alumni were named to the 40 Under Forty list by Business First in recognition of their business success and contributions to the Western New York community.

40 Under Forty

Samantha Clark '01, vice president of career development, Alliance Advisory Group

Ron Ferri, EMBA '05, vice president of operations, Tops Markets

Patrick Finan, CEL '01, founder and principal, Block Club Magazine

Brian Laible, CEL '01, managing partner, Landmark Wealth Management

Jeremy Laubacker, MBA '00, product operations specialist, Independent Health

Sean McPhee '00, JD/MBA '05, associate attorney, Phillips Lytle LLP

Henry McWilliams, PMBA '04, director of finance, UB Associates Inc.

Jill Schaefer, BS/MBA '02, audit principal, Lumsden & McCormick LLP

Stephanie Simeon, CEL '09, executive director, Heart of the City Neighborhoods Inc.

Shandra Spicer, CEL '12, president and CEO, S&W Contracting of WNY Inc.